Do­ing it just for laughs

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Richard Davies needed a breather af­ter film­ing an in­tense sea­son of Off­spring and what bet­ter way to get a laugh than by tak­ing part in True Story with Hamish & Andy.

Davies who plays Jimmy Proud­man in Off­spring, is al­most un­recog­nis­able as Col, who is stay­ing at a ram­shackle guest­house in the Top End run by Phil (Damien Gar­vey, pic­tured above with Davies, right).

Col, with his strag­gly hair, tat­toos and huge hunt­ing knife, looks like he could have stepped out of De­liv­er­ance.

“It was an ab­so­lute blast film­ing True Story — it was so much fun,” Davies says. “You couldn’t have more of a po­lar ex­treme be­tween Col and Jimmy.

“I know Hamish and Andy and I’m mates with (ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer) Tim Bart­ley and (co-cre­ator) Ryan Shel­ton.

“They gave me li­cence to fol­low my in­stincts with Col and re­ally dive into the char­ac­ter. It was fun to grot my­self up — sting my eyes up a bit, darken my teeth, and put grit through my hair.”

Things are very dif­fer­ent on Off­spring. Jimmy’s re­la­tion­ship with wife Zara (Jane Har­ber) is still in tur­moil af­ter Zara’s af­fair with Dr An­gus Free­man (Dan Wyl­lie).

Davies has found that the sixth sea­son of the Chan­nel 10 drama has given him his meati­est scenes yet.

“Jimmy has al­ways been a pretty pos­i­tive guy with a big heart but he has been up against it this sea­son,” Davies says. “It has been re­ally ex­cit­ing for me to delve into this new ter­ri­tory. There is a lot of dark stuff that he has to face up to.”

WATCH TRUE STORY WITH HAMISH & ANDY, NINE, TUES, 8.40PM; OFF­SPRING, TEN, WED, 8.30PM

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